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Possible Runt Chick?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by GrahamFam1, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. GrahamFam1

    GrahamFam1 Hatching

    Mar 23, 2015
    Hi all![​IMG] Two days ago my family and I bought four baby chicks. The Barred Plymouth Rock chick seems to be lagging behind in growth greatly, having only sprouted a couple feathers while the others (Americauna, White Leghorn and RIR) have half of their wing feathers in. The other chicks are much bigger than the Rock. Also, when they sleep the rock stands up when it sleeps and rocks back and forth on one side of the brooder,


    while the other three lay down together. It eats and drinks fine, but it had minor pasty butt yesterday.
    Should we be worried? What can we do to help it?
    Will it eventually catch up in size?
    Is this common in Barred Rock chicks?
    Any 2 cents will help us out. The kids have grown very attach to it. Thanks so much from the Grahams!

  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home! I have a chick that is lagging behind to. I wouldn't be worried, the chick is probably just younger.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I agree it may be younger than the others. Very young chicks frequently fall asleep standing up. Have you ever seen this chick, lay down?
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Hello, and welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community.

    As long as it is acting fine and eating well, I wouldn't worry too much. Chicks do grow at different rates.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined! :)
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X4, it does look younger than the others, as long as it is eating and drinking normally it should be OK.
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sometimes these runts will have growth spurts and out grow the rest of the chicks. Make sure she is eating and drinking normally. If so, I wouldn't worry too much about it.

    Enjoy your babies and welcome to our flock!

  8. Luhoo

    Luhoo In the Brooder

    Jul 13, 2015
    Madisonville Tn
    Do I need to worry, my Rhode Island Reds were all hatched the same time. All had normal growth size and feather, two were just recently was treated for pasty butt. The same two are runts of the group, however one is now sleeping a lot, not moving around quickly getting knocked over by the others. Not sure if it's been eating and drinking (I pray it is)

    Should I move it into the box with the Quails? They are still really small, or will this chick be ok with it's mates?

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